Hey all – Steve here. The 3rd annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival is just around the corner and we want to make sure the entire #CSTArmy in Miami was aware of what it was and how they can get involved. Well, that’s why you are reading this! Below are the 2 press releases for the festival in which they announced (in 2 waves) the lineup for the event. Check it all out and make sure you lend your support to the local Miami guys that created it Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.
3RD ANNUAL POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING
Popcorn Frights Returns Bigger, Bolder, Bloodier August 11-17, 2017
MIAMI, FL –
Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida’s largest and most respected genre film event, announces its first wave of programming for its third annual celebration of genre-twisting cinema, occurring August 11 through 17, 2017, at Miami’s landmark O Cinema Wynwood theater.
“We’re thrilled to bring the best in horror and genre filmmaking to South Florida audiences for our third annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival. We scoured the globe for the most audacious and spine-tingling films and this first wave selection just gives a small taste of all the exciting things to come,” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.
“From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers turned to horror as a way of engrossing audiences in storytelling. Today, horror is one of the most beloved genres of filmmaking and I’m proud to say Popcorn Frights Film Festival is the premiere platform for horror films in the Southeast,” said Kareem Tabsch, Founder & Director of O Cinema.
Popcorn Frights first wave of programming serves up a fearsome feast of werewolves, zombies, psycho slashers, minotaurs, and all the sinister things that go bump in the night. Opening Night features a triple-bill event kicking-off with the Florida Premiere of Tragedy Girls, a fiendishly twisted and deliriously fun love letter to slasher movies starring Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse). The films rounding out the Opening Night event will be announced in coming weeks.
Featured as the Festival’s Centerpiece is the Florida Premiere of Mayhem starring a hammer- wielding Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) in a pedal to the metal savage thriller that presents a wonderfully violent middle finger to corporate culture.
Other buzzy titles in the lineup include the Final Cut US Premiere of the outrageous horror-comedy Another Wolfcop, home invasion genre-bender Better Watch Out starring Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Mickey Keating’s slasherfest Psychopaths, zombie love story It Stains the Sands Red, head- splitting gore flick Game of Death, horror rom-com Dave Made A Maze, and the spellbinding thriller Still/Born.
Popcorn Frights will also launch its inaugural “Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror” sidebar that is dedicated to renewing and reinvigorating the audience’s engagement with Miami’s local filmmakers and Florida’s homegrown talent. This platform is designed to be a springboard for new filmmakers from Florida and a space that helps forge a new direction for Miami’s genre scene by further cultivating and nurturing its growing film community. Films featured in the inaugural edition include the Florida Premiere of Rodney Ascher’s Primal Scream, as well as the short films Midnight Service, Buzzcut, It Began Without Warning, and Pandemonium.
It’s time for rampage. It’s time for chaos. It’s time for gory fun. It’s time for Popcorn Frights!
FESTIVAL LINEUP (FIRST WAVE)
Canada | 82 minutes | 2017
FINAL CUT US PREMIERE. Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces his town’s residents with a new brewery in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Directed by Chris Peckover
US | 85 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighborhood’, a babysitter (played by The Visit star Olivia DeJonge) must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
Directed by Bill Watterson
US | 80 minutes | 2017
SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. Driven by an inner need, frustrated artist Dave begins building a fort in his living room. But as he completes construction, Dave becomes trapped inside by the dangerous creatures he’s designed, forcing his girlfriend to mount a rescue mission.
Directed by Joe Lynch US | 86 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. What happens when people lose all their inhibitions? This blood-soaked gonzo thriller offers a glimpse as a virus that erases impulse control breaks out at a law office, where a disgruntled employee and a dissatisfied client go looking for some justice.
GAME OF DEATH
Directed by Sebastien Landry & Laurence Morais-Lagace
France-Canada-USA | 73 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. When seven suburban millennials play the “Game of Death,” they soon get caught up in its high stakes, which are literally life or death. Confronted with a grim choice–kill or be killed–the friends gruesomely realize that none of them are safe.
Directed by Mickey Keating
US | 85 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. When an unidentified madman is sent to the electric chair, it triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in an entire city. An escaped mental patient, a beautiful seductress, a strangler who preys on unsuspecting women, and an enigmatic masked contract killer run amok in Mickey Keating’s new slasherfest.
Directed by Brandon Christensen
US | 84 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. When Mary loses one of her twins during childbirth she feels a devastating loss that spirals her into madness. She begins to suspect a sinister force is after her surviving child that will stop at nothing to take it from her.
Directed by Tyler Macintyre
Canada-US | 96 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Budding social-media stars Sadie and McKayla are desperate for greater fame. But big ambitions require big plans, and the two think they’ve hit on a good one: force a serial killer to tutor them in his craft so they can become horror legends.
HOMEGROWN: 100% PURE FRESH SQUEEZED FLORIDA HORROR
Directed by Rodney Ascher US | 30 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) has created a singular hybrid of documentary and horror that explores how pop culture can scar you for life.
Directed by Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero
US | 9 minutes | 2017
MIAMI PREMIERE. Jane is out to get a buzzcut and ends up dealing with apocalyptic matters of a special kind while trying to fix the haircut her barber botched so that she can get laid before she dies.
Directed by Jessica Curtright & Santiago C. Tapia
US | 6 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A body horror-tinged tale that crawls.
THE MIDNIGHT SERVICE
Directed by Brett Potter & Dean Colin Marcial
US | 10 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A true-crime home invasion episode about an urban legend, notorious criminal, occult pop culture, and first-hand account of the unknown.
Directed by Luis Mendez US | 15 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. As a catastrophic epidemic devastates the world, a man survivor fights to save his daughter from the mysterious virus that has already consumed his wife.
FESTIVAL LINEUP (SECOND WAVE)
IT’S THE SECOND WAVE OF POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING!
Festival Line-Up is Bigger, Bolder, and Bloodier Featuring Over 40 Film Premieres Popcorn Frights Film Festival returns bigger, bolder, bloodier with its second wave of programming for the annual celebration of all things genre. Featuring over 40 film premieres from 8 countries, special guests, and live DJ sets inspired by iconic horror film music, this year’s Popcorn Frights promises more thrills than ever before as it rages through Miami from August 11-17.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival program as it offers something exciting for every horror lover. These films brilliantly showcase the breadth and quality of genre work being produced worldwide and serves as a great reminder that the genre form is both thriving and continuously evolving. We’re honored to share the vision and voices of this remarkable group of American and international filmmakers and look forward to them creating many memorable moments this year,” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.
For the first time, Opening Night will feature a triple-bill of premieres, including the previously announced slasherfest Tragedy Girls. The wild night will be completed with the Final Cut presentation of the All Hallow’s Eve spinoff Terrifier and the North American Premiere of the 80’s set psychological thriller Jackals starring Stephen Dorff.
Other buzzy titles encompassing the ever-burgeoning cutting edge of genre cinema include the Florida Premieres of the mind-bending sci-fi thriller The Endless, the Cronenbergian horror romance Sequence Break, the savage social satire Happy Hunting, and the 90’s set dark coming- of-age tale Super Dark Times, as well as the South Florida Premiere of the breakneck non-PC pulp noir 68 Kill. Popcorn Frights prides itself on providing a fertile ground for new and emerging filmmakers, and this year will present 20 extraordinary short films, including the World Premiere of the mind- melding thriller Level, the North American Premiere of the remarkably brutal animated film Fierce, the North American Premiere of the eerie found footage film IMedium, and the Florida Premiere of the award-winning short Great Choice. This is in addition to the Festival’s previously announced inaugural sidebar, Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror, which is toplined by the Florida Premiere of Rodney Ascher’s Primal Scream.
Joining Popcorn Frights for the first time is Miami based record label Bribery Corporation, who will be curating a live aural journey highlighting the marriage of music and horror with DJ sets from Mystvries and Dr. Mofongo. These performances will shine a spotlight on iconic theme music from John Carpenter, Goblin, Steve Moore, S U R V I V E, and Disasterpeace as well as Darkwave, Synthwave, and Retrowave from across the spectrum of classic and modern horror films.
It’s time for rampage. It’s time for chaos. It’s time for gory fun. It’s time for Popcorn Frights!
Directed by Trent Haaga US | 93 minutes | 2017
SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. This southern-fried caper focuses on infatuated nice guy Chip and his crazy girlfriend, Liza, whose relationship takes a sharp turn into homicide when they try to rob Liza’s sugar daddy – only to end up with two corpses, a hostage, and $68,000 in stolen cash.
Directed by Svyatoslav Podgayevskiy Russia | 93 minutes | 2017
Russian with English subtitles
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A young woman travels with her soon-to-be husband to his family home in the outskirts and becomes increasingly suspicious of their strange behavior. Sheer psychological terror soon overwhelms her as she starts witnessing terrifying visions when his family prepares her for a mysterious ritual ceremony.
Directed by Peter Ricq Canada | 85 minutes | 2017
US PREMIERE. Three kids on a weekend getaway are holed up at a run-down cottage in the woods and must save their hard-partying parents from a shotgun-toting psycho (Lauren Holly) who wants to feed them to her slavering zombies.
Directed by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead US | 111 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A mind-bending delight from the directors of Spring, The Endless follows two brothers who return to the death cult from which they fled a decade ago and discover that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs.
Directed Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson US | 91 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A gory thrill ride about an alcoholic drifter who gets stranded in a one-horse town deep in the American desert. It turns out that the town’s psychotic rednecks celebrate a gory pastime rounding up drifters and hunting them for sport.
Directed by Michael G. Kehoe US | 90 minutes | 2017
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.
Directed by Kevin Greutert US | 90 minutes | 2017
From the producer of Halloween comes the terrifying new feature centering on four young women who travel to their college professor’s new country home for a weekend getaway, only to discover that the house has a malevolent past. Featuring Andrew Divoff (Wes Craven’s Wishmaster), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), and Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street).
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A potent ’80s-set psychological thriller that centers on an estranged family who hire a cult de-programmer (Stephen Dorff) to get back their teenage son from a murderous cult, only to find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
Directed by Taneli Mustonen Finland | 85 minutes | 2017 Finish with English subtitles
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A smart, slick, savage slasher that riffs on a notorious real-life Finnish murder still unsolved. More than 50 years later, four teens get some gruesome surprises when they camp out at the site of the grisly massacre.
Directed by Graham Skipper US | 80 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A loner video arcade technician experiences bizarre bio-mechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade game appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as he works to solve its mystery and the new chaos that has entered his life.
SUPER DARK TIMES
Directed by Kevin Phillips US | 100 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. An incinerating and strangely dream-like teenage nightmare set in the leafy American suburbs of the early 1990s when a group of best friends get caught up in an abrupt and violent accident that results in a gruesome death.
Directed by Damien Leone US | 82 minutes | 2017
FINAL CUT SOUTHEAST PREMIERE. It’s Halloween night and Art the Clown, the cold-blooded killer who also stalked the omnibus All Hallow’s Eve, is not wearing a creepy costume just for show. He terrorizes three young women and everyone else who stands in his way in this gritty and jarringly depraved new cut.
Directed by Huseyin Hassan Australia | 16 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A man awakens in an unusual asylum when supernatural events begin to unfold right in front of OUR eyes.
A KNOCK ON THE DOOR
Directed by Katrina Rennells & Wendie Weldon US | 8 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Moments after a bloodcurdling scream disrupts a normally peaceful neighborhood, a frantic knocking at one resident’s door triggers events that unknowingly alter his fate forever.
Directed by Jason Tostevin US | 7 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. When a group of bumbling Satanists has their summoning ceremony go terribly right, they’re left to face the decidedly holy shit consequences.
THE CLEANSING HOUR
Directed by Damien LeVeck US | 19 minutes | 2016
SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. Two failed filmmakers get in over their heads when their latest staged hoax, an elaborate exorcism, turns out to actually be demon-possessed.
Directed by The Summers Brothers US | 4 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A couple’s night goes off the rails when one couple reveals they’re blood sacrificing devil worshippers. And then things get weird…
Directed by Tim Egan Australia | 10 minutes | 2016
SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above an abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without falling to her death.
DIE! SITTER! DIE!
Directed by Lee & Sam Boxleitner US | 25 minutes | 2016
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A young girl takes a job looking after an infant for the night. Little does she know her night is about to get more horrifying than she could have ever imagined.
Directed by Izù Troin
Switzerland-France | 15 minutes | 2017 French with English subtitles
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A young corporate executive is kidnapped from his apartment and wakes up in the middle of a forest only to be stalked by a mysterious hunter.
Directed by Teemu Niukkanen Finland | 18 minutes | 2017 Finish with English subtitles
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Raimo’s comfortable, middle-class bubble is burst when a Satan- worshipping sex cult moves in next door.
Directed by Robin Comisar US | 7 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.
Directed by Brian Harrison US | 11 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Betrayed by his clan and murdered for his past evil deeds, a sadistic killer’s soul possesses his identical twin’s body and sets out onto the road of vengeance for one final crusade of extermination. Everywhere he goes…HELL FOLLOWS.
Directed by Alfonso García López Spain | 7 minutes | 2017 Spanish with English subtitles
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A mourning mother has lost all hope of finding her missing daughter alive, so she decides to subscribe to an app that connects directly with dead people.
Directed by Andrew Hunt US | 19 minutes | 2017
WORLD PREMIERE. Trapped inside a never-ending nightmare, a cat and mouse game plays out between a man and a hellish beast lurking in the shadows.
NECK AND NECK
Directed by Shaun Clark UK | 5 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, this animated short presents a dark surreal take on the relationship between the deceived Othello, the innocent Desdemona, and the mendacious Iago.
Directed by James Mansell UK | 3 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Put on a headset and step inside a frighteningly immersive environment, where all is not as it seems.
Directed by Craig D. Foster Australia | 9 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. No one likes working late on a Friday night…especially if it’s a full moon and you happen to be a werewolf.
Directed by Marc Cartwright US | 1 minute | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A man discovers the horrors of dinning alone.
THE THIN PLACE
Directed by Alexander Mattingly US | 15 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A mother and daughter are haunted by a terrifying presence in this supernatural suspenser.
THE TICKLE MONSTER
Directed by Remi Weekes UK | 4 minutes | 2017
FLORIDA PREMIERE. A quiet night in for an aspiring grime artist and his girlfriend takes a dark turn when she reveals her room is haunted by the tickle monster.
Festival Premiere Badges are on sale for a limited time for $120 per person and $180 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the Festival schedule, visit www.popcornfrights.com
All films will screen at the O Cinema Wynwood (90 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127).
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## # ABOUT POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Popcorn Frights Film Festival is Florida’s largest and most respected genre film event presenting the very best genre films from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. Popcorn Frights prides itself on premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. The third annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival occurs August 11-17, 2017.